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BANES households hardest hit by bedroom tax

Houses in Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) have seen a greater reduction in housing benefit than those in any other South West region, according to figures from the National Housing Federation:

  • BANES: average loss of £895.82 per year
  • South Gloucestershire: £859.15
  • Wiltshire: £829.21
  • South Somerset: £780.15
  • Swindon: £777.32
  • Gloucester: £776.05
  • North Somerset: £775.67
  • Bristol: £768.95

The 'tax' - actually a reduction in housing benefit for families with spare bedrooms - was introduced in April 2013.